Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has admitted in a press conference that he asked executives Matthias Sammer and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
The young Spaniard appears to be willing to turn down Manchester United in favour of a switch to Bayern to work with former coach Guardiola, according to the Telegraph.
The radio station COPE reported that Thiago decided that he wanted to go to Bayern after having a conversation with Guardiola.
Guardiola knows Thiago from his time in Barcelona, where he brought the starlet into the first-team squad.
Guardiola described Thiago as a 'great player' and praised his versatility, saying that he wants 'him or nobody'.
Thiago would increase the competition in Bayern's midfield, where, in Guardiola's preferred 4-1-4-1 formation, players like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez and Luiz Gustavo are fighting for the defensive midfield position.
Thiago, who is the son of former footballer Mazinho, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 1994, was a key player in Spain's victory at the Under-21 European Championship.
Guardiola knows that the transfer will be difficult as 'no player wants to leave a club like Barcelona' but said that Thiago's playing opportunities will be limited due to the arrival of Neymar.
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